Bumper maize harvest expected in Zambia despite pests

The Zambian government says only 10% of the maize lands attacked by army worm needs to be replanted, reinforcing expert predictions of a bumper harvest. This despite setbacks suffered due to pests. The ministry of agriculture says army worm is now under control and measures are in place to prevent…

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Call for action against possible fall army worm invasion in SA

Political leaders in South Africa have called on the country’s department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) to implement measures against a possible invasion of the fall army worm. The department has been quiet on a possible action plan, since reports of the pest crossing South African borders came to…

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Pests send prices of pesticides drastically high

An outbreak of army worms and stalk borers have pushed up pesticide prices. Interviews conducted in Lusaka revealed that prices for pesticides had gone up by as much as K30 with lambda boxer and belt high in demand. “We are buying a liter of chemicals at K80, where we would…

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Army worms in Copperbelt maize lands

The army worm invasion that hit the country a little more than a week ago has gained ground in 2 000ha of maize lands in the Copperbelt Province. There is rising concern that further outbreaks could destroy a significant percentage of the Zambian maize crop. The government has assisted about…

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